January 20, 2011
President Kennedy - official White House photo
Fifty years ago today John Fitzgerald Kennedy took the oath of office at exactly 12:00 p.m. Eastern time in Washington, DC.
Kennedy’s inauguration signaled a new generation ascending to power. His predecessor, President Eisenhower was of a previous generation and had served 8 years, since 1954-1961.
Kennedy, or JFK as he was affectionally known, was the youngest man ever elected president at age 43. Teddy Roosevelt was younger when he became president, but he became president after McKinley’s assassination.
Kennedy was also the first person of the Roman Catholic faith to be elected to the office.
The other fascination for people was his young family and his war service. He exuded personality and vigor. New ideas and renewed energy brought hope to young people.
When he was elected it was the height of the Cold War. The United States and the USSR had enough nuclear tipped missiles targeted at each other to destroy the world several times over. This wasn’t just an American or a Soviet issue, but a world living in the shadow of destruction. In fact the official policy of both nations was Mutually Assured Destruction or M.A.D. for short. Simply put if one country attacked the other it was assured both would be destroyed. Sounds crazy, but it was a fact that all of us lived with during that period. No wonder people were looking for new ideas and fresh hope.
Although his presidency was short-lived Kennedy began the dialogue with the Soviet Union on disarmament signing the Test Ban Treaty. This was a first step towards reducing nuclear arsenals.
I remember President Kennedy today for those steps he initiated towards reduction of nuclear tensions.
January 7, 2011
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 31 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 250 posts. There were 42 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.
The busiest day of the year was November 23rd with 92 views. The most popular post that day was “The Kennedy Detail” – Inaccuracy perpetuated.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, my.yahoo.com, educationforum.ipbhost.com, beyondtourism.wordpress.com, and twitter.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for ram river falls, boeing 747, quebec bridge collapse, ram river falls alberta, and the kennedy detail.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
“The Kennedy Detail” – Inaccuracy perpetuated November 2010
Ram River Falls – Spirit of Alberta June 2010
Quebec Bridge Collapse – August 29, 1907 September 2007
About the Author August 2007
Writing Projects April 2008
January 2, 2011
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